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Flower – thatgamecompany – PS3

Another download only game, this game deserves much mention, especially after winning best indie game, courtesy of the VGA’s.

Flower is more of an experience than it is a game. You are a single petal, plucked from the first flower at the start of any stage, by using the Six-Axis motion control and a single button to blow the wind, you fly through the air, blooming other flowers and collecting the petals from them. The objective is to bloom all the flowers of a given stage (with three secret flowers within each stage) and get to the end of a stage, which is signified by a giant swirling whirlwind of sorts that sucks you up.

The gameplay is simple and sweet, easy enough for anyone to pick up and play, and yet difficult enough to pose as a small challenge to even seasoned gamers, such as myself. What makes it the hardest is collecting the trophies though, not so much the game itself. The concept is easy to grasp, and it is memorable.

The music is something anyone who knows me as a gamer knows that I criticize the hardest. This game though, the audio adds to the experience that is Flower. The soothing melodies, plucked along as you fly, and the additional added notes as you touch other flowers create one of the most audio-heavy games I have heard in a while. Every second of it is an auditory abundance of musical esctacy. Not to mention faster tunes during fast sweeps, and slower, more dreary tunes when there are thunderstorms and darkness.

The game truly does connect with your emotions, making your mood alter based on what’s going on around you. This is something I’ve never witnessed in a game from beginning to end and it makes the experience that much more amazing. Flower was the first and only game so far that I was able to sit down and work towards 100% completion.

This game is a must have for any PS3 owner, let alone anyone who wants to see what games should be like: a work of art.

Rating:
10 / 10

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Zombie Apocalypse – Konami – PSN

I’m pretty sure this is the first download only game I’ve reviewed, and for good reason. Not saying the others aren’t worth reviewing, but this one is definitely worth being mentioned.

Zombie Apocalypse is a game where four dysfunctional individuals have gotten together to try and survive a zombie outbreak in their city. Sounds typical, right? Well, I assure you, it’s not. From the character descriptions to the zombies you encounter, this game is refreshing in every sense of the word.

Gameplay is relatively simple, your left joystick moves you around in the direction you wish to go (duh), and your right joystick shoots your weapon in the direction it’s being held. The objective is to survive each wave of zombies (separated by days) until you find the source of the problem.

High scores are recorded on their leaderboards, but they will only be counted if you don’t use a continue, and start from day 1. There are multiple different game modes that offer a variety of ways to play, and there is also on and offline multiplayer with up to four people. I believe there are 12 achievements, and they aren’t too difficult to attain.

Strategy is key in this game, because running around shooting like a madman will get you eaten. You have an infinite supply of rifle ammo, and one stuffed doll, filled with C4. The doll pulls the zombies away from you, allowing you time to have a breather. There are eight other weapon pickups that are dropped in the stages, including a shotgun, a hunter’s rifle, and a grenade launcher. Each weapon has pros and cons for each situation.

Occasionally, there will be civilians who need rescued. If you can successfully do so, you can net yourself extra points, and a new doll. You can only carry around one doll at a time, so if you touch it while already carrying one, it will give you an extra 100,000 points. Be warned: should you not save a civilian and she gets eaten, she becomes a very fast moving zombie that can kill you much quicker than you’d like.

There are a variety of different zombies in the game. There are basic and dodging zombies to start, but as the game progresses you will encounter Big Boys, knife throwing grandmas, shotgun weilding sheriffs, pregnant larva producing moms, and even suicide zombies. With all of this going on at once, it’s easy to see how this game can get overwhelming.

I haven’t personally been able to beat it without using a continue. The game is just too hard, but I am working on it. It’s definitely worth exploring the demo, but I have no doubt you’ll purchase it after playing. Afterall, it’s only $9.99 USD, and for the amount of value you receive from the game, that’s definitely worth it.

Rating:
8.0 / 10